Guide to the Best Pumpkin Patches

This Halloween will be looking different than years past, but Valley pumpkin patches are open to keep the Halloween spirit alive! Here is your guide for everything you need to know about the best local pumpkin patches, but we suggest calling each Pumpkin Patch for hours and admission prices before planning your trip because as we have learned this year, things can change quickly!

MacDonald’s Ranch
Annual Pumpkin Festival

26540 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Open October 3rd – November 1st

A longtime North Valley favorite, this patch is located in North Scottsdale. Take a train or hayride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkins and enjoy the activities.

Pioneer Living History Museum
All Hallows’ Eve Trick-or-Treat

3901 W. Pioneer Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85086
Open October 24th

Enjoy spooky Halloween fun at Pioneer Living History Museum. Trick-or-treat in the decorated village, take a haunted trolley ride, and so much more!

Vertuccio Farms
Corn Maze and Fall Festival

4011 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85212
Open October 1st – November 1st
With a 7-acre corn maze, duck races, train rides, a petting zoo, giant jump pad, and much more, there is plenty to keep the entire family entertained.

Schnepf Farms
Pumpkin and Chili Party

24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Open Every Thursday – Sunday in October

Throughout October, Schnepf Farms will offer fun fall activities such as hayrides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili. Fireworks light up the sky Friday and Saturday nights.

Mother Nature’s Farm
Halloween Pumpkin Patch

1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233
Open September 26th – October 31st

A pumpkin with every child’s admission at this family-owned farm! After decorating their pumpkin, kids can enjoy the air bounce, a hayride, straw bounce, feeding the animals, and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. You are also able to bring in your own picnic lunch if you don’t wish to purchase food.

Tolmachoff Farms
Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days

5726 N. 75th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85303
Open October 1st – November 1st

This West Valley farm has something for the whole family. Admission includes a family & mini maze, petting zoo, play areas, jumping pillow, bounce house and optional train rides.

Rocker 7 Farms
Farm Patch Fun

19601 W. Broadway Rd. Buckeye, AZ 85326
Open October 9th – October 31st

This family-owned pumpkin patch boasts a crop maze, sunflower field, hay wagon ride, an educational barn and a kid-friendly activity area.  Enjoy a day of not only playing in a pumpkin patch but learn all about farming and agriculture!

4th of July at the Scottsdale Princess

fireworksThe Fairmont Scottsdale Princess continues its annual Freedom Fest for July 4th while complying with Arizona’s coronavirus safety precautions. The 10th Annual Freedom Fest will take place July 2nd through the 4th.

To help keep guests and staff healthy, additional safety precautions will be in effect:

Capacities – The resort has limited the capacity of guestrooms available and occupancy of restaurants and pools to ensure physical distancing is adhered to. Dining parties will be limited to ten or fewer per table to adhere with all orders.

Physical distancing during the fireworks – The resort is painting eight foot circles spread six feet apart to clearly and easily allow guests to physically distance on the resort’s lawns while enjoying fireworks and movies.

Face coverings – The resort will comply with the City of Scottsdale’s emergency order requiring the wearing of face coverings while in public, when physical distancing is not able to be reasonably practiced.

Pools – The resort pools will remain open at a controlled capacity, and will comply with CDC, state and local mandates. Dive-in movies will continue as planned, with increased security to enforce distancing.

Dip Your Toes in the Greater Phoenix Lakes

The Greater Phoenix lakes are beatiful location to enjoy Arizona’s beautiful desert and dip your toes in the water to cool off in the summer heat!

canyon lake

Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake is a beautiful spot for spending a day on the boat. Located 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix past Fountain Hills, Saguaro Lake is a great Arizona lake for water-skiers and wakeboarders or those looking for a relaxing day of fishing. No boat? No problem! Leave the captaining to Desert Belle paddle boat for a guided tour of the lake.

Bartlett Lake

Bartlett Lake is just 45 miles from downtown Phoenix and east of Carefree, it is the second-largest lake in the Tonto National Forest. No worries if you don’t have a boat, Bartlett Lake offers aqua lodge rentals and a party yacht that accommodates up to 20 guests.

Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is located north of Glendale in the north west valley about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The 10,000-acre lake is always busy with a variety of water sports such as windsurfers, boaters, sailors, water and jet skiers, and fishermen. Lake Pleasant Regional Park also offers camping and trails for mountain biking and hiking.

Roosevelt Lake

Roosevelt Lake is about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix and is the largest of the lakes just outside the Greater Phoenix region. Like other lakes in the Greater Phoenix area, Roosevelt Lake provides plenty of space for a variety of watersports and boating activity. There is also 110 miles of shoreline with peaceful coves for those wishing to find a quiet spot to spend a day.

Canyon Lake

Located past Mesa in the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest, Canyon Lake (pictured) is about 50 miles east of Phoenix. The 950-acre lake is a great place for a variety of watersports, as well as camping and hiking. Boat rentals are available and the lake has a popular day-use campground with a large grass area, ramadas and a swimming-only section of the lake.

Apache Lake

Apache Lake is also located in the Tonto National Forest and is a good lake for boating, fishing and the scenic canyon walls that surround parts of the lake. Boat rentals are available and for those looking to explore the lake.

Virtual Concerts Online April 24th-26th

concertAs concerts continue to be canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans!

April 24


The Metropolitan Opera: VerdiLa Traviata
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Met Opera

New York City Ballet: Justin Peck’s Rotunda
Time: 5 p.m.
NYC Ballet

The Violin Channel: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Times: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Facebook / Instagram

Joshua Bell, violin
Time: 10 a.m.
The Greene Space

The Kanneh-Mason Family
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Judith Ingolfsson, violin and Vladimir Stoupel, piano
Time: 10 a.m.


SFJAZZ Fridays At Five: Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland and Chris Potter
Time: 5 p.m.
SF Jazz

Stephane Wrembel plays Django Reinhardt
Time: 12 p.m.

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Manuel Valera
Time: 5 p.m.
Vermont Jazz Center


Under One Roof Music Festival
Time: 5 p.m.
Facebook / Twitch

Room Service Music Festival
Time: 12 p.m.
Room Service Fest

Together, We Breathe Hope: OneRepublic, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Michael Franti and Clare Bowen
Time: 5 p.m.
National Jewish Health


Big Freedia
Time: 6 p.m.


Pickathon Presents a Concert a Day: Andrew Bird
Time: 1 p.m.
Link: YouTube / Twitch / Facebook


Forever Honey EP Release Party
Time: 4 p.m.


Lincoln Center at Home: Vintage Trouble
Time: 4:30 p.m.


Time: 12 p.m.


Americana Highways: Matt Harlan, Renee Wahl, Greg Klyma, Jefferson Berry
Time: 4 p.m.

April 25


New York Philharmonic: Young People’s Concert with Leonard Bernstein
Time: 11 a.m.

Bolshoi Theater: Demutsky A Hero Of Our Time
Time: 10 a.m.

Alone, Together: 21 Composers Play New Pieces
Time: 4 p.m.
Facebook / Instagram


Badi Assad
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Event Brite


Under One Roof Music Festival
Time: 5 p.m.
Facebook / Twitch

Room Service Music Festival
Time: 12 p.m.
Room Service Fest

Block by Blockwest: Pussy Riot, The Wrecks, Grandson, Hunny and more
Time: 12 p.m.
Block By Blockwest

Stonewall Gives Back: Cyndi Lauper, Troye Sivan, Rufus Wainwright, Kim Petras and more
Time: 5 p.m.

IPSY Spring Social: Doja Cat, Sasha Keable, DJ Hannah Bronfman
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.


Pickathon Presents a Concert a Day: Willie Watson
Time: 1 p.m.
YouTube / Twitch / Facebook

Americana Highways: Charlie Roth, James Lee Baker, Paul Burch, Stoll Vaughan
Time: 4 p.m.


Michael McDermott
Time: 12:3o p.m.
Stage It

Bad Bad Hats
Time: 2 p.m.


Mikhael Paskalev
Time: 10 a.m.

April 26


The Metropolitan Opera: Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Met Opera


WWOZ Jazz Festing In Place: Archival Sets From New Orleans Jazz Fest
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Under One Roof Music Festival
Time: 5 p.m.
Facebook / Twitch

Pathway to Paris: Patti Smith, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Cat Power, Flea and more
Time: 1 p.m.

Room Service Music Festival
Time: 12 p.m.
Room Service Fest


Luck Reunion: Hello Walls: Hosted by John Paul White
Time: 6 p.m.

Pickathon Presents a Concert a Day: The Lone Bellow
Time: 1 p.m.
YouTube / Twitch / Facebook


Lincoln Center at Home: Falu
Time: 8 a.m.

Local Farmers Markets – Spring 2020

vegetablesSome local farmers markets have chosen to temporarily close during the coronavirus, but several are still open! In order to help keep vendors and shoppers healthy, new shopping standards have been implemented:

-Only vendors can touch their own products.
-All products selected by vendors, bagged, and then handed to the customer.
-Shoppers may pay vendors with a credit card, inserted by the customer into the square mobile device, no signature.
-No onsite cooking. Prepared foods must be in covered containers ready to go for take out.

Open farmers market include:

-Carefree Farmers Market – Open Fridays
-Old Town Scottsdale – Open Saturdays
-Verrado Farmers Market – Open Sundays
-Roadrunner Farmers Market – Open Saturdays

Stay healthy during the coronavirus by purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables while supporting local businesses!

Eating-In Instead of Out During the Coronavirus

restaurant table and chairsWhile all of our favorite restaurants may be closed for dine-in eating, most are still open for take-out! After chatting with friends and co-workers, we complied a list of everyone’s favorite local restaurants for take-out:

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
11055 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Hopdoddy Burger Bar is open for curbside pickup and delivery via Uber Eats (free delivery), Postmates, and DoorDash.

Joyride Taco House
Multiple Valley Locations
Joyride Taco House has shifted to a to-go operation, serving guests through curbside pickup and delivery. Order through UberEats for free delivery.

Breakfast Kitchen Bar
15147 North Scottsdale Road, Suite H133, Scottsdale
The Breakfast Kitchen Bar at Scottsdale Quarter is offering a carry-out menu of $8 breakfast items and $20 mimosa kits. Customers also get a free coffee with purchase of entrée.

Autumn Court Chinese Restaurant
Autumn Court Chinese Restaurant is offering its entire menu for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Delivery is also available through Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.3752 East Indian School Road

Casa Mia Cucina Italiana
11675 North 136th Street, #107, Scottsdale
Casa Mia Cucina is offering takeout and delivery directly from the restaurant off a limited menu.

Sapiens Paleo Kitchen
10411 East McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, #120, Scottsdale
Sapiens Paleo Kitchen is offering its full menu of French paleo cuisine for takeout and curbside pickup from 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner packages and weekly meal preps are also available.

Unbaked Edible Cookie Dough & Ice Cream
3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale
Unbaked Edible Cookie Dough & Ice Cream is offering curbside pick up and delivery for everyone’s sweet tooth!

Do you have a favorite restaurant that should be added to our list? Let us know, we would love to try something new! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Spring Training – 2020

spring training baseballSwing, batter, batter, swing! Spring Training 2020 is in full swing! From the West Valley to the East Valley, there are 10 stadiums to visit and 15 teams to root for in the Cactus League. With more than 100 Cactus League baseball games scheduled between February 21st and March 24th, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a game!

Who plays at each stadium?

-American Family Fields of Phoenix, 3805 N. 53rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85031 : Milwaukee Brewers
-Camelback Ranch – Glendale, 10710 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85037 : Chicago White Sox & Los Angeles Dodgers
-Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 : Cleveland Indians & Cincinnati Reds
-Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 : Oakland Athletics
-Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 : Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres
-Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 : Arizona Diamondbacks & Colorado Rockies
-Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 : San Francisco Giants
-Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201 : Chicago Cubs
-Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise AZ, 85374 : Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals

What’s new at the Scottsdale stadiums this year?

Scottsdale Stadium- Scottsdale Stadium in Old Town Scottsdale underwent extensive renovations, including building a new 43,000 clubhouse, renovating the front plaza, an added shade structure, updates to the bleachers in Right Field and pavilion, as well as implementing public Wi-Fi.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick- New food items this year include: Philly Cheesesteak (Section 210 & 216); Nashville Hot Burger Basket (Section 101 and 219), and Beyond Meat Burger (sold at Home Plate Hot Dogs). Mustache Pretzels has also opened a location at Salt River Fields, an updated LED scoreboard has been installed, and the team shop has been remodeled.

After watching the pros hit a home run, give us a call to find your new home! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

Arabian Horse Since 1955 the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has been entertaining horse enthusiasts while raising funds for charity. The largest event of its kind in the world is held at WestWorld of Scottsdale and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. The 2020 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will take place from February 13th to 23rd.

In addition to exciting competitions, gala parties, educational seminars, family-focused events, and an international cuisine court, the event features more than 300 vendor booths, offering everything from lavish jewelry, clothing and works of art. Free activities that cater to the entire family include ‘Meet an Arabian Horse’, ice cream socials, Paint-A-Pony ceramic horse painting, art contests, behind-the-scenes barn tours, educational round pen demonstrations and much more. Additional activities for a nominal fee will include pony-rides, petting zoo entry and camel rides.

There are sessions in the morning, afternoon, and evening. View the full schedule and purchase tickets at:

Do you know of anyone moving to the Scottsdale area?  We’d love to help you or your friends find a home that meets their needs and lifestyle. Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

67th Annual Parada del Sol

parada del solThe 67th Annual Parada del Sol Parade will be held in Old Town Scottsdale on February 8th, 2020. The historic parade has the distinction of being known as the World’s Largest Horse Drawn Parade with nearly 150 parade entries marching down Scottsdale Road. The parade takes the streets at Drinkwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road at 10am, then heads south down Scottsdale Road finishing at Brown Avenue and Indian School Road. Immediately following the parade, enjoy the Trail’s End Festival with live music, food and a kids area with games and pony rides from noon to 4pm in Old Town Scottsdale. See the day’s full schedule at

Scottsdale is a wonderful city to live in for year-round events and festivals. Call us to learn more about the City of Scottsdale and to view featured homes for sale! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477


The 2020 WM Phoenix Open

scottsdale golfThe Waste Managment Phoenix Open has been nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Grass” and the golf tournament hosted at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name! The tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best attended event with nearly 500,000 energized spectators each year. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event by helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum”-the loudest hole in golf! Formerly known as The Phoenix Open and The FBR Open, the event has been hosted by TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course since 1987. The annual tournament held in North Scottsdale benefits The Phoenix Thunderbirds and helps to generate millions of dollars in donations for the most deserving organizations in the area.

General Admission Only

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Friday & Saturday
General Admission Single Daily Ticket

Weekly Sponsor Package

-Monday and Tuesday FREE Admission courtesy of Ford Free Days.
-Ages 15 and under are FREE all week when accompanied by an adult.
-Weekly Sponsor Package includes 4 Sponsor badges (good all week for tournament admission) and 1 reserved parking pass good all week

For more information about the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit:

The Valley of the Sun is filled with many lovely golf course communities, call us today to find the right one for you! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477